Siemens Gamesa is leading the way for a sustainable future with the RecyclableBlade, the first product to offer a comprehensive recyclable solution that is ready for commercial use both offshore and onshore.
As the number of installations and turbine sizes continue to increase, the call for wind circularity is becoming ever more important, with some countries planning to introduce strict requirements for wind turbine recycling.
There are established recycling practices for many turbine components, such as the tower and nacelle. However, the composite materials used in rotor blades have been more challenging to recycle.
The wind industry is still relatively young and is aware of the responsibility it holds of finding a sustainable way to deal with wind turbine components at the end of their life cycle. Increasing the recyclability of the wind components is high on our agenda, and we are committed to producing 100% recyclable turbines by 2040.
Our RecyclableBlade is a simple, and robust solution, ready for commercial use both offshore and onshore, and developed through technological ingenuity. The only change to the blade production process is our new resin.
This means that scaling up production and rolling out this recyclable product is not only possible, it is already a reality! The first blades have already been produced in 2021 and installed in 2022.
The RecyclableBlade is an important step to help tackle climate emergency in a holistic way. If we were to apply the RecyclableBlade to all global offshore projects planned until 2050, all the blades together would amount to more than 10,000,000 tons of recyclable material, or a weight similar to more than 1,600,000 elephants.
We focus both on finding ways to demonstrate commercial value chains for thermoset rotor blades that are already installed in our fleet as well as investigating new materials with enhanced circularity for our future blades.